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Knowing Your Limits

Knowing Your Limits

Originally posted: December 18, 2017

You know what is really interesting about life? We are always learning and adapting the way we understand the events that happen around us.

So far, I’ve discussed becoming a healthier person and the positive ways to do that. But I don’t really think that we have dove into mental and emotional health as much.

Do You Know Your Limits?

To me, limits, are what we will allow ourselves to handle. Anything above a set limit is too much. After reaching your limit, it is good to take a break from the situation or the event.

Admitting that you have a set limit is not a weakness. It just means that you are aware of what your body needs. Click To Tweet

Personally, I have physical, emotional, and mental limits. And admitting that you have a set limit is not a weakness. It just means that you are aware of what your body needs. I’m going to go through and break these down a bit. I hope that this makes everyone think and come up with their own limits.

Physical Limit

With my mobility issues, I’ve become pretty aware of what my body can handle. There are still some days that I push myself and I don’t mean to, but I think I have found a pretty good balance. If I have a doctor’s appointment or physical therapy scheduled one day, I’ll make sure that the next day is open to rest. That way, I can relax and release the tension that’s built up over the previous day.

I also like to try and plan out my week ahead of time. This helps me know what I need to get done. If I can plan out a shopping list I know what stores I will need to go to. Instead of shopping when I run out of something.

Emotional Limit

Knowing your emotional limit is kind of a tricky one. It is based on your personal background and on what you can handle. When I’m close to my limit, I try to remove myself from the situation.

Improve by:

  • Say ”no” when you need to
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Start a journal
  • Detox from negativity

Mental Limit

Stress can be the biggest trigger to your mental limit. The best thing to do is find ways to combat the stress in your life. Change up your routine or limit your exposure to stressful situations.

If you are going through something, remember you are not alone. Don't be afraid to lean on others for help. Click To Tweet

Even with all of these, you know your body, listen to it. It will tell you when something is wrong.  Everyone is going through something whether you know it or not. It’s so important that we are kind and understanding of others. If you are going through something, remember you are not alone. Don’t be afraid to lean on others for help.

Knowing Your Limits- How much do you know about limits? When it comes to your physical, mental, and emotional limits, how much do you know about yourself? Read the article to learn more.| jointhemeproject.com

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The Illusion Of Social Media

The Illusion of Social Media: Do you the influence social media can have on you? It's based on an illusion but it can affect your mental and emotional health as well.| jointhemeproject.com

The Illusion of Social Media

Previously posted: October 23, 2017

Before the idea of creating a blog entered my mind, I had stopped posting as much on my personal social media. My level of interest in it had become very low. I deleted Snapchat off my phone and closed my personal Twitter account. And I had stopped using Facebook in high school. So in the process of elimination Instagram was my only social media, but I even got tired of that.

By tired, I’m not talking about Instagram as an application but the persona that I had created. When I made my account, I had just graduated high school, and I was healthy. On Instagram, I would always see perfect food, hair, makeup, and places to travel to. I thought that I needed to contribute to this.

At the time, I didn’t realize that I was just adding on to the illusion of social media. Because it wasn’t until around the year 2014, that my health started to change. I got sicker and my mobility was different. I no longer had opportunities to feature and showcase what I used to on my Instagram. Instead of being out in the middle of a field, my view was now a doctor’s office. And even though, I’ve tried there’s no way to get a pretty picture of that.

One day, I woke up and I realized that my whole life had changed. I needed to be honest with myself. Click To Tweet

It got to the point that I would hide that part of me, the sick side. I would post the “best” or “pretty” parts of my life and hide the ugly. But I wasn’t acknowledging that the “best” or “pretty” parts were coming around less and less. One day, I woke up and I realized that my whole life had changed. I needed to be honest with myself.

Around this time, Lara Parker at BuzzFeed published, I Stopped Lying About How Happy I Was On Instagram And Started Telling The Truth About Chronic Pain, I ask that everyone go read this if you already haven’t. Reading this article helped me break out of this false reality that I had built for myself. For one, I was treating my illnesses as a thing or a problem and not as a part of me. Two, I thought by not letting people in, the problems would go away.

Reading this article helped me break out of this false reality that I had built for myself Click To Tweet

So I started to post more on Instagram, but I went about it differently. This time around, I decided to be honest about whatever I’m going through. There are days that I don’t feel like or can’t get out of the bed depending on if it’s physical or mental. There’s only so much of a story, a picture can tell, so this is also one of the reasons I started my blog. I wanted to share my journey and tell my story.

Social media has grown so much in such a short amount of time. It’s used to connect people, reach out, and make friends. But it can also influence. The influence it has on some can leave a powerful effect. I think we all can use the occasional reminder that it’s just an illusion.

The Illusion of Social Media: Do you the influence social media can have on you? It's based on an illusion but it can affect your mental and emotional health as well.| jointhemeproject.com

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Spoonie Tips for Surviving Winter

Spoonie Tips for Surviving Winter- How Do you survive the winter time? Read this article to finds tips on how to do so.| jointhemeproject.com

Spoonie Tips for Surviving Winter

Originally posted: November 3, 2017.
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Hello everyone, thank you for joining me again on The ME Project. I love this time of year, but as the weather starts to transition throughout the season it gets a little hard for me. The cold weather makes me ache and the lack of sun just about drains me. You may be thinking to yourself, “Why do you love it?” This time of year lets me create my own sunshine. I find ways to keep myself busy and most importantly healthy.

Now, this is not to say that I don’t still have bad days. I do, just like everyone else. But I try my best to work through them and remember that tomorrow is another day. So today I’ll be taking you through my top tips for surviving winter. I hope you all enjoy and let me know in the comments what helps you get through this time of year.

This time of year lets me create my own sunshine. I find ways to keep myself busy and most importantly healthy. Click To Tweet

Use a Weekly Pill Organizer

This may sound like a weird tip, but I’ve found that it’s helped me so much. If you deal with any sort of health condition like me, you probably take a lot of medication. I’d noticed that I’d gotten really lazy about taking my medicine at night. Periodically, I would forget to take my morning doses. Sometimes it can be a chore to huddle up all of the pill bottles and get the right dosage of medication.

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So each week I’ll set aside time to refill it and it makes my life so much easier. I really like this pill organizer because the capsules come out. If my day is going to be busy from morning on, I can pop the capsule in my purse and go about my day.

Stay Hydrated the Right Way

Dehydration is a serious issue and sometimes we may not be aware of it. If you’ve experienced dry skin, headaches, or dizziness in some cases these symptoms can be attributed to dehydration. Chronic health problems and the weather can affect the way we feel but we can take precautionary measures. There are a lot of benefits to drinking water and staying hydrated.

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Drinking water throughout the day will increase energy, prevent muscle cramps, and detoxify the body. There are also fruits with high water content. My local grocery stores stock pre-cut watermelon and I’ve developed a habit of snacking on that.

Other fruits and veggies are:

  • Cantaloupe
  • Strawberry
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Lemons

Dress At Least Five Degrees Warmer Than the Temperature

My sister always says that being a meteorologist is the only profession where you get to lie constantly and keep your job. She was slightly joking when she said that but the point still counts. My fibromyalgia doesn’t act up in the warmer months as much as it is now. When I get cold it seems like it takes forever to get warm and I’ll spend the rest of the day huddled underneath a blanket.

So as an example, Friday it’s supposed to be 49 degrees. There’s 90% chance of rain and thunderstorms. Factoring all of this in, I’ll dress like it’s 55 degrees outside that way I know I’m warm. It may not seem like much, but a scarf or a hat can make a big difference against a wind chill.

Create Your Own Sunshine

My mom likes to do this by turning on a bunch of lamps in the apartment. She says if the sun isn’t outside than she’ll create it inside. Another way to do this is by making life fascinating. Just because we have ordinary responsibilities to take care of does not mean they have to feel that way.

Just because we have ordinary responsibilities to take care of does not mean they have to feel that way. Click To Tweet

As an example, say it’s time for your weekly grocery shopping. Each time you go to the grocery store, you take the same route. You’ve gotten so used to driving in this direction that you barely notice what you drive by. This next time, pay attention to your surroundings. You just may discover a new store or what could potentially be your favorite restaurant. Make time for adventure and discovery.


What tips do you have for winter? Let me know in the comments below.

Spoonie Tips for Surviving Winter- How Do you survive the winter time? Read this article to finds tips on how to do so.| jointhemeproject.com


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